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Prior to President Lincoln any citizen could walk into the White House and meet with the President. Since the ordinary American had no means to travel during the time of this open door policy, in fact it was the elites, particularly the Washington DC elites that showed up for an audience.  Today they use their lobbyists as surrogate as not to take time away from their many vacation homes and yachts. Lincoln finally had to halt the practice as he was being overwhelmed by unscheduled visitors.

 

First newspapers, then radio, then network television and later cable became the means in which to announce "news."  Opinions or innuendo could be presented as facts and the government could easily control the PR effort.  After all these news organizations wanted and needed repeated access so lest they tow the official line.  With cable news lines were drawn and each station represented a certain political view.

 

Then came the Internet, Youtube and others forms of Internet television.  Suddenly controlling the official message and point of view wasn't so easy.  Stations popped up everywhere that had no political access nor cared to have it.  Former government officials like Paul Craig Roberts and David Stockman had a venue in which they could provide a more realistic and honest view of how government and business work.  There are other host such as Max Keiser that have a strong understanding of how Wall Street works.  Chris Hedges with mainstream press.  Gerald Celente has been studying trends for years that the mainstream media never divulges because it doesn't fit in within the mandatory official point of view and paradigm.

 

The point is that Americans now have the ability to get a more realistic view of the world.  Information no longer needs to go through the sanitized and propaganda process of official rule.  We do not have to accept the edicts and verdicts handed to us.  We are able to question forced wisdom and factoids. 

 

Ultimately will the majority of Americans turn to alternative news sources that will not disseminate the official line?  Will Americans realize that the corporate, financial, political and media elite all have a vested interest in keeping us sedated with their memes and platitudes?  Will we go searching for sources not of the establishment and therefore not promoting the establishment agenda?

 

Will CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, etc. finally become irrelevant nonsense to the bulk of Americans? I hope so.  For truth is power and we now have the means to get actual truth.

Comments

Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 14, 2017 - 7:09am
Ultimately will the majority of Americans turn to alternative news sources that will not disseminate the official line?  
 
No. Truth scares them too much.
Victor Crain Added Apr 14, 2017 - 11:10pm
Americans have been sadly consistent across the last 240 years. In the time of the revolt against George III, the population was divided into three groups: roughly 12% wanted independence, 20% were loyal to the King, and the rest didn't care and simply wanted peace and quiet. Arguably, the stakes are higher now and the parties have changed names, but the proportions are roughly the same. People need to be made to care; that's always been the fundamental barrier to change in this society. That's also why change has to be from the bottom and the fundamental battles will be in the state capitals, not Washington, if change is ever to succeed. The same indifference bedevils your question about media sources. Many consumers can't tell the difference between authoritative and fake news and news sources. They don't know enough to tell the difference and thus go to places out of habit or places that provide some form of entertainment value. When you ask them to look to alt news, they may well drift to sources that will make you cringe.
John Minehan Added Apr 14, 2017 - 11:54pm
"That's also why change has to be from the bottom and the fundamental battles will be in the state capitals, not Washington, if change is ever to succeed."
 
I'd like to think so, but the federalization of a lot of issues that should be reserved to the States and to the People may preclude this.

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